Marine Mammal May

It’s Marine Mammal May at the Estuarium! Join us for marine mammal inspired events and education throughout the month.

Marine mammal pelts and and skeletons will be on display, including Bones in a Bucket, donated to us by the Highline College Marine Science and Technology center (MaST). We invite you to try your hand at putting together a harbor seal skeleton with this hands on activity!

Saturday, May 19th, the Estuarium is proud to host Casey Mclean from SR3 (Sealife Response +  Rehabilitation + Research) in her presentation of “SR3 Sealife Response + Rehab + Research: Building Washington’s first dedicated marine wildlife rehabilitation and science center.”

This free event is from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at the Estuarium.

To learn more about SR3 please visit, www.SeaLifeR3.org .

Come in to the Estuarium this Marine Mammal May to discover all there is to learn and love about our region’s wonderful marine mammals!

 

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Meet the Beach 2018 Beach Schedule

June is just around the corner and we’re only that much closer to Meet The Beach low tide days! June through August join us on low tide days at your favorite local beaches to meet with Beach Naturalists and explore the inter-tidal critters that live there!

June through August Meet the Beach 2018 Dates

Burfoot Park

  • June 15, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • June 16, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
  • June 17, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • July 13, 11:00 – 2:00 PM
  • July 14, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • July 15, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
  • August 11, 11:00 – 2:00 PM
  • August 12, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Tolmie State Park

  • June 15, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • June 16, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
  • June 17, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • July 13, 11:00 – 2:00 PM
  • July 14, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • July 15, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
  • August 11, 11:00 – 2:00 PM
  • August 12, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Frye Cove

  • July 28, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

West Bay

  • June 30, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
  • July 1, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Woodard Bay

  • June 30, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Priest Point

  • July 1, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • July 28, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
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Meet the Beach 2018 Training

Join us this year for epic beach adventures!

We are very excited to announce our 2018 Meet the Beach volunteer program! If you are interested in volunteering for Meet the Beach, or you are a returning Beach Naturalist, please take a moment to read this important announcement and click on our flyer for more information.

Meet the Beach is on of our most exciting programs! On low-tide days during the summer, our trained volunteers help the public and K-12 groups explore the beach, find estuary creatures, learn about their adaptations, and better understand the importance of estuary habitats.

We provide free training to our Meet the Beach volunteers, or Beach Naturalists. The training is known for its expert instruction and fascinating content. No existing knowledge or experience is required. Our primary training objective is to increase volunteers’ knowledge of estuary biology and habitats and the impacts of human interaction. During the training, we will focus on the habitats at local beaches and on marine-life anatomy, survival behaviors, feeding, predation, and life cycles.

The following training sessions are required for all new volunteers or Beach Naturalists. Classroom and beach dates for the 2018 Meet the Beach volunteer training are:

  • Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Estuarium (Required for new volunteers)
  • Thursday, April 12, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 19, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 21, 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Burfoot Beach
  • Thursday, May 3, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 10, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 19, 2:30 – 4:30 PM at Tolmie State Park

The Thursday evening classroom sessions will be held at:
Boston Harbor Firehouse
5046 Boston Harbor Road NE
Olympia, WA 98506

New Volunteers

To apply to be a Beach Naturalist and schedule yourself for the training sessions, you must have a Volgistics account with us. You can create a Volgistics account by completing our Volunteer Application HERE.

It is important for new volunteers to attend all of the training sessions. We can make special arrangements for new volunteers who are keen to volunteer, but who will miss no more than two sessions. Please let us know if you are a new volunteer, and you plan to miss any of the training sessions. The Meet the Beach Orientation on April 4 is required for all new volunteers.

We ask that Beach Naturalists volunteer for at least four low-tide days each season. New volunteers must submit to a background check. If you choose to volunteer for the Meet the Beach program, we ask that you become or maintain your membership with the Estuarium. You can renew or establish your membership by visiting www.SSEAcenter.org/donate.

Returning Volunteers

If you are a returning Beach Naturalist and already have a Volgistics account with us, you can schedule yourself for the training sessions HERE. Participation in these training courses are encouraged, but not required. Signing up for specific beach days will be available soon, and we will send out a notification when that becomes available. If your membership needs to be renewed, please visit www.SSEAcenter.org/donate.

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Chemicals in our Water – Wendy Steffensen

Discovery Speaker Series

March 15, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm  “Chemicals in the Water – Findings from Lott’s Reclaimed Water Study” by Wendy Steffensen.  Wendy is Environmental Project Manager at LOTT Clean Water Alliance.  She will share her study of the issue of chemicals in our reclaimed water and whether or not they are impacting our fresh and marine water supplies. Wendy is an experienced Lead Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Strong research professional skilled in Sustainable Development, Environmental Issues, Analytical Skills, Environmental Compliance, and Water Quality.

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Saturday, March 10, 7-9:30 PM: Estuarium Benefit Concert

Don’t miss this special evening! Laura Lowe and the Mud Bay Blues Band will be playing on March 10, 2018, from 7–9:30 PM, Elks Lodge, 1818 4th Ave. E, Olympia.

Click here for samples of the group’s sound.

This is a family friendly event.  Adults – $20, 17 and under $10.

Tickets – click here

Laura Lowe and the Mud Bay Blues Band Poster, help us publicize the event. Copy the poster and place it on public bulletin boards.

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March 14th Pier Peer

Been wanting to attend a Pier Peer event?  Registration is now open for the March 14th, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina. Click here to register.

 

 

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